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Latin America virus deaths pass U.S. as Spain lockdown blocked

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Since the start of July, nearly 2.5 million new infections have been detected across the globe, with the number of cases doubling over the past 6 weeks

COVID-19 IN BRAZIL. In this file photo, members of the Pataxo Hahahae ethnic group wear face masks at the Vila Vitoria favela on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on July 8, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Coronavirus leaves Spain's interior a tourist desert

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:25 PM

The plunge in tourism, a sector that accounts for 12% of Spain's economy, will be felt like a body blow

A lone tourist walks around The Mezquita in Cordoba on July 8, 2020 after restrictions were lifted following a national lockdown put in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic. - In Spain, the world's number two tourist destination behind France, spending by foreign tourists has plunged by 62 percent in the first five months of the year compared with the same period in 2019. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

Spain to create 10-billion-euro fund for firms in trouble

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Companies benefiting will be those seen as of strategic importance working in sectors such as security, health, infrastructure, and communications

FREE. People walk on a road turned into a pedestrian street on weekends in Barcelona on May 24, 2020 as the country slowly loosens a strict coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spain fines staff of China's ICBC for money laundering

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Former employees of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China are fined 22.7 million euros ($25.5 million) in Spain

The logo of the Madrid branch of China's biggest lender ICBC is pictured the building facade after its director and a deputy director were arrested as part of a probe into the suspected laundering of at least 40 million euros ($44.5 million) in Madrid on February 17, 2016. - The bank is suspected of being used to "introduce into the financial system funds earned through the alleged crimes of smuggling, tax fraud and the violation of workers' rights, allowing the transfer of the funds to China in a way that appeared legal," the police statement said. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

Catalans told not to dance with strangers

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:42 AM

The head of Spain Night Life says the rule would just favor illegal clubs

DANCER. Dancer Vero, 36, prepares herself before performing a 'Zambra' dance in the 'Cueva de la Rocio' at Sacromonte neighborhood in Granada on May 30, 2019. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

WHO warns of 'accelerating' pandemic as Brazil reaches 50,000 deaths

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:10 AM

(UPDATED) Around 100 flights from European countries land at Spain's airports

A gravedigger wearing personal protective equipment organizes coffins at the Public Cemetery of Duque de Caxias, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on May 27, 2020. Mauro Pimentel / AFP

Uncertainty as Spain puts virus death toll 'on hold'

Jun 13, 2020 - 4:52 PM

Spain's health ministry emergencies coordinator Fernando Simon acknowledges the overall number of deaths had remained 'frozen' as a result of discrepancies in the figures

SPAIN'S CORONAVIRUS WOES. Healthcare workers take part in a protest calling for a reinforced healthcare system outside the Gregorio Maranon hospital in Madrid on June 8, 2020. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Masks to be compulsory in Spain until virus 'permanently' defeated

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:39 PM

Since May 21, it has been compulsory for everyone aged 6 and over to wear a mask in public where it is not possible to maintain a two-meter security distance from other people

Spain jobless figures down significantly as crisis eases

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Spanish government counts 26,573 new jobseekers in May 2020, much lower than at the height of the coronavirus lockdown

People sit at a bar's terrace in Valencia, on May 19, 2020, as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Spain began last week a three-phase plan to end lockdowns for half the country by the end of June. JOSE JORDAN / AFP

Social distance cinema: 'Grease' draws crowds to Madrid drive-in

May 29, 2020 - 11:03 AM

With cinemas still closed, outdoor drive-in screens are rising in popularity, offering those cooped up at home a safe way to go out and enjoy a movie

Nissan reports heavy losses, to shut Barcelona plant

May 28, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Nissan logs a net loss of 671.2 billion yen ($6.2 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 2020, and announces it is closing its Barcelona plant that employs 3,000 people

The logo of Nissan is covered by smoke columns as employees burn tyres in front of the Japanese cars manufacturer's plant in Barcelona on May 28, 2020, to they protest against the factory closure. - Japanese carmaker Nissan has decided to shut its factory in Barcelona where 3,000 people are employed, the Spanish government said today. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Battle ahead for EU's massive virus recovery plan

May 27, 2020 - 11:40 PM

If passed, this proposal would be the biggest European Union stimulus package in history. But Germany predicts talks would drag on until the end of 2020.

BIKING. People exercise along an esplanade in Barcelona, early on May 2, 2020. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Spain revises virus death toll down by nearly 2,000

May 26, 2020 - 1:52 AM

While the new system cut the number of deaths by 1,918, Spain remains one of the countries worst hit by the virus

REVISED. A physiotherapist attends to a patient who recovered from COVID-19 at the Clinica CEMTRO in Madrid on May 22, 2020 as the private clinic specialised in traumatology and orthopaedics offers free treatments to post-ICU patients. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain to reopen to tourists as South America named virus hotspot

May 25, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Brazil saw its death toll passing 22,000 on Saturday from more than 347,000 infections, the second biggest caseload of any country in a pandemic

FREE. People walk on a road turned into a pedestrian street on weekends in Barcelona on May 24, 2020 as the country slowly loosens a strict coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Thousands rally against Spain virus response, urge PM to quit

May 23, 2020 - 11:39 PM

Motorists throng the roads of central Madrid, tooting their horns as others held placards and shout: 'Sanchez, resign' and 'freedom'

A demonstrator wearing a face mask waves a Spanish flag during a "caravan for Spain and its freedom" protest by far-right party Vox in Sevilla on May 23, 2020. Spain, one of the most affected countries in the world by the novel coronavirus with 28,628 fatalities, has extended until June 6 the state of emergency which significantly limits the freedom of movement to fight the epidemic. The left-wing government's management of the crisis has drawn a barrage of criticism from righ-wing parties who have denounced its "brutal confinement". CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP

Protests, political tension grips lockdown Spain

May 22, 2020 - 10:29 PM

The Spanish government has faced criticism over its handling of the coronavirus crisis, as the country remains one of the worst-hit countries in the world

Top Spain chef sees fewer restaurants, more home cooking in future

May 22, 2020 - 4:27 PM

As the pandemic changes many people's relationships with their own kitchens, top chef Ferran Adria says the virus is still causing 'a lot of grief' for the food and service sector

Spaniards aged 6 and above ordered to wear masks

May 20, 2020 - 5:02 PM

A government decree declares the new rule would be enforced from Thursday without specifying penalties for failing to comply

People sit at a bar's terrace in Valencia, on May 19, 2020, as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Spain began last week a three-phase plan to end lockdowns for half the country by the end of June. JOSE JORDAN / AFP

113-year-old Spanish woman survives coronavirus

May 13, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Maria Branyas, who became infected in April at the Santa Maria del Tura care home in the eastern city of Olot, fought the respiratory illness off in isolation in her room

Spanish doctor Ana Rubio stands next to a tent set up to receive suspected coronavirus cases at the Gregorio Maranon hospital in Madrid on April 30, 2020. Not far from the Madrid hospital where they brave the coronavirus in the emergency unit, four young doctors live in the same apartment and, together, calm the anxieties generated by the pandemic from which they hope to come out "grown up". PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP

Spain unveils 14-day quarantine for arrivals

May 12, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The measure comes into effect on Friday, May 15, and will remain in force until May 24 when the state of emergency expires – or beyond if the measure is extended

QUARANTINE. A passenger walks at an empty hall of the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport's Terminal 4 in Barajas on May 5, 2020, amid the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. File photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

France, Spain ease coronavirus lockdowns but UK wary

May 11, 2020 - 8:13 AM

The risk of a second wave is underscored by a resurgence in South Korea

BIKING. People exercise along an esplanade in Barcelona, early on May 2, 2020. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

France, Spain move toward reopening as global virus cases pass 4 million

May 10, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The coronavirus kills over 277,000 across the globe, with more than 4 million infected as of May 9, 2020

LOCKDOWN. General view of the illuminated Eiffel Tower reflected on the Seine river in Paris at night, on April 12, 2020, during a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Spain foreign tourist arrivals slump 64% in March 2020

May 06, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Although Spain is the world's top tourist destination after France, only two million tourists visit in March 2020

SPAIN OUTBREAK. A picture shows an apartment building in Salou near Tarragona on March 12, 2020. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spain adds 280,000 jobless during April 2020 lockdown

May 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The total number of unemployed in Spain, the eurozone's 4th largest economy, reaches 3.8 million

People queue in a street in Burgos to enter a bank office, on May 4, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. - Masks became mandatory on public transport today as Spain took its first tentative steps towards a commercial reopening with small businesses accepting customers by appointment and restaurants prepping food for takeaway. Spain's population of nearly 47 million people have been confined to their homes for more than 50 days as the country sought to curb the spread of the deadly virus which has so far claimed 25,428 lives. (Photo by Cesar MANSO / AFP)

Masks mandatory on Spain public transport as easing begins

May 04, 2020 - 8:06 PM

Spain is currently in the so-called preparatory phase zero and will enter stage one on May 11 when it will allow gatherings of up to 10 people within strict social distancing guidelines

PUBLIC TRANSPORT. In this file photo, an employee cleans a public bus as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 in the Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian on April 15, 2020. File photo by Ander Gillenea/AFP

Spain eases strict lockdown as U.S. approves virus drug

May 02, 2020 - 11:33 PM

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says masks would be obligatory on public transport

SPAIN LOCKDOWN. An elderly couple wearing face masks walks in Madrid on April 30, 2020 during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Photo by Gabriel Bouys / AFP)


Spain confirms pandemic slowdown with 281 new deaths

May 01, 2020 - 9:16 PM

Spain, which has registered a total of 215,216 confirmed cases, suffers the fourth most fatalities in the world behind only the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom

IN MADRID. An elderly couple wearing face masks walks in Madrid on April 30, 2020 during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Spain daily virus death toll drops below 300

Apr 30, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The figures from the health ministry bring the total number of deaths from the pandemic in Spain to 24,543 – the fourth-highest after the United States, Italy and Britain

FOR BETTER CONDITIONS. Members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra applaud as healthcare workers hold placards demanding better salary conditions outside the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona on April 29, 2020. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Locked-down Spaniards embrace home workouts

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirms Tuesday that for the first time in 7 weeks, people will as of this weekend be allowed out to exercise on their own as part of plans to gradually lift restrictions on movement

Spain's 4-phase plan for easing lockdown

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Approved by Spain's cabinet, the so-called transition plan has no fixed dates, and each phase will last at least two weeks in line with the incubation period of the virus

THANKS. A health care worker acknowledges applause outside the Gregorio Maranon Hospital in Madrid on April 12, 2020. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

Virus-hit Spain's jobless rate jumps to 14.4%

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The rise in joblessness in Spain for the 1st quarter of 2020 is concentrated in the services sector and among workers with temporary contracts

A homeless man lays on a window's ledge in Madrid on April 21, 2020 amid a national lockdown to fight the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19 disease. - Spain saw a slight increase in the daily virus death toll today, with 430 people dying in the past 24 hours, health ministry data showed. So far, 21,282 people have succumbed to the pandemic in Spain, which has suffered the third-highest number of deaths in the world after the United States and Italy. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)

France, Spain to announce lockdown exit plan as Aussies hit waves

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Countries are beginning to chart their path out of shutdowns imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which emerged in China late last year and has now infected more than 3 million people worldwide

ON BONDI BEACH. Surfers carry their boards on Bondi Beach after it reopened following a 5-week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020 Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Spain sees slight hike in daily virus toll with 378 deaths

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:19 PM

The overall number of infections has now passed 223,759

CORONAVIRUS. A health worker stands at the intensive care unit dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak at the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona on April 1, 2020. Photo by Ricardo Garcia Vilanova / AFP

Why has Spain been hit so hard by the coronavirus pandemic?

Apr 25, 2020 - 6:10 PM

While it is too early to carry out an analysis, the experts point to Spain's sociable lifestyle and close ties between young and older family members as significant factors in the virus's spread

ICU. Health care workers attend to a coronavirus patient at the Intensive Care Unit of the La Paz University Hospital in Madrid on April 23, 2020.  Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain records lowest daily virus toll in a month

Apr 24, 2020 - 11:01 PM

Spain on Friday, April 24, records 367 people deaths – the smallest number of new coronavirus deaths since March 22 when 394 deaths were recorded

AT THE ICU. Signs on the ground read 'Dirty' and 'Clean' as healthcare workers attend to coronavirus patients at the Intensive Care Unit of the La Paz University Hospital in Madrid on April 23, 2020. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spanish gov't apologizes to children for virus lockdown

Apr 23, 2020 - 11:28 PM

Spain, one of the hardest-hit nations by the pandemic, has imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe

AT HOME. A six-year-old Spanish girl studies while watching a video of her teacher Almudena in Sevilla on April 14, 2020 amid a national lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19. File photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Tourists leave ship in Barcelona after weeks in virus limbo

Apr 20, 2020 - 11:44 PM

With some 1,800 passengers, the 12-deck Costa Deliziosa docks to allow hundreds of people off before heading back to Italy

DOCKED. The Costa Deliziosa is docked at the port of Barcelona on April 20, 2020 to disembark passengers amid a national lockdown to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Spain economy seen to shrink by up to 13.6% in 2020

Apr 20, 2020 - 9:10 PM

The estimated contraction would be 'unprecedented in recent history,' warns the Bank of Spain

CLOSED. A banner reads 'Sorry we are closed' at the entrance of a hardware store in Madrid on March 31, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Spanish virus lockdown prolonged as toll tops 20,000

Apr 19, 2020 - 9:01 AM

But Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says current restrictions will be loosened slightly to allow children time outside starting April 27

LOCKDOWN. A man dressed in protective gear carries out disinfection works in a street in Vigo, northwestern Spain, on March 31, 2020 during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

Spain coronavirus death count 'may be thousands short'

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Some officials say the numbers are flawed for not including all those who have died outside of hospital

DEATH. A woman wearing a face mask and gloves touches a niche during the burial of a man who died of the new coronavirus at the South Municipal cemetery in Madrid, on March 23, 2020. Photo by Baldesca Samper/AFP

Back to work for some in Spain as coronavirus death rate eases

Apr 14, 2020 - 9:10 AM

With workers heading back to their jobs, the government begins a huge operation to distribute 10 million masks this week

HAPPY. Health care workers wearing face masks and protective suits acknowledge applause outside the Hospital de Barcelona on April 13, 2020 in Barcelona. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spain eases lockdown as hopes of pandemic peak rise

Apr 13, 2020 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED) China, where the virus emerged late 2019, records its highest number of infections in weeks, as warnings echo that lifting restrictions too early could unleash a second wave of COVID-19

GIVING THANKS. A heathcare worker acknowledges applause outside the Gregorio Maranon Hospital in Madrid on April 12, 2020 during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease.  Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

'Basic' ventilator breathes air into Spain's choked ICUs

Apr 10, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Known as the OyxGEN, the ventilator – powered by a windscreen wiper motor – is currently being produced at a repurposed assembly line of Spanish carmaker SEAT

VENTILATOR. A member of the medical service of Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT checks a ventilator manufactured at the company's factory in Martorell near Barcelona, on April 7, 2020. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Spain sees daily drop in virus deaths as total tops 15,000

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:46 PM

However, there has been growing speculation that officials may have grossly underestimated the death toll

CLOSED. A banner reads 'Sorry we are closed' at the entrance of a hardware store in Madrid on March 31, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Spain sees third daily drop in coronavirus deaths

Apr 06, 2020 - 10:34 AM

'The pressure is easing,' says Maria Jose Sierra of the health ministry's emergencies center, pointing to a decrease in hospitalizations

SOUND CHECK. A priest checks a microphone with a sound technician at the Santa Maria de Montserrat abbey on April 5, 2020, before the celebration of the Palm Sunday mass in Monistrol de Montserrat, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish farmers, fishermen feel coronavirus fallout

Apr 05, 2020 - 2:00 PM

With a lockdown in place, sales of perishable goods drop in Spain

Fishermen unload the day's catch in the port of Bueu, northwestern Spain, on April 2, 2020. - Spain imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 14 to fight coronavirus, with people allowed out only to go to work, buy food and medicne, seek medical care and briefly walk their dog. The measures have taken a toll on the economy, the eurozone's fourth-largest. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP)

Global virus deaths top 60,000, Trump warns of 'tough week' ahead

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

COVID-19 infects more than 1.17 million across nations, with Europe bearing the brunt of the pandemic

COVID-19 EPICENTER IN THE US. A person walks down Wall Street on April 2, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Cured patients cheered at Spain's largest COVID-19 field hospital

Apr 04, 2020 - 4:29 PM

3 patients wearing face masks wait while sitting on chairs. They have been declared cured. Applause rings out when they get up to leave.

A woman applauds by her window to thank healthcare workers dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ronda on April 3, 2020 during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. More than 900 people died in Spain over the past 24 hours for the second day running, government figures showed, although the rate of new infections and deaths continued to slow. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

Untouchable: The baby born to a mom with coronavirus

Apr 03, 2020 - 4:54 PM

'He grabs your finger, the poor little thing and holds on to the plastic, not on to you. But at least that's another day over, you have to think of it like that otherwise you get depressed,' says Vanesa Muro, mother of Oliver

MADONNA & CHILD. This handout picture courtesy of the Carrillo Muro family dated March 28, 2020 shows Vanesa Muro, 34, holding her baby Oliver, born on March 13, 2020, at their home in Madrid. Family handout photo/Courtesy of the Carillo Muro Family/AFP

'Worst moment of my life' says Spanish virus survivor, 29

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:50 AM

'Can you imagine, you're someone who is 29, who plays sports, doesn't smoke, and hardly ever goes to the doctor, and you're in intensive care with oxygen and no one from your family is allowed to see you,' he says

PATIENT. Health workers attend to a COVID-19 patient at the intensive care unit of the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona on April 1, 2020. Photo by Ricardo Garcia Vilanova/AFP